Our characters will go through a transformation during this journey. At the beginning, they were hopeful, cautious and even excited about the trip. They were convinced that it was their best option given their circumstances and they were looking at an uncertain but bright future.
Once apprehended or after crossing the border, they have been scarred by this experience. Some of the scars might be physical: severed limbs, illnesses or injuries. But some other scars are not so easy to see: rape, abuse, torture and trafficking.
Young girl who is 8-12 years old.
Looking for family reunification
High risk of human trafficking and kidnapping
Young woman who is 12-16 years old
Looking to support parents or herself
Sexually abused during the journey and might be pregnant
Transgender woman who is 16-20 years old
Escaping abuse and discrimination
Extreme risk of sexual and physical abuse
Young woman who is 14-18 years old
Offered a job by a smuggler
Human trafficking victim
Young man who is 16-20 years old
Looking to support parents or his own family
Lives in fear of deportation and discrimination
Psychologists, Social Workers, Journalists, etc.
Responsible for children’s welfare
Border Patrol, Homeland Security, etc.
Responsible for arrests, detentions and incarceration
Priests, Human Rights Organizations, IOM, etc.
Advocates for protection, creation of opportunities and education